Student Representatives Sought for City Boards and Commissions

Students Would Also Participate in Leadership Academy Through KidsMatter Partnership

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Mayor Steve Chirico and the Naperville City Council would like to extend an invitation to Naperville high school students to fill student positions on several City boards and commissions and participate in a new Leadership Academy presented through a partnership with KidsMatter.

KidsMatter, a Naperville nonprofit dedicated to building resilient kids who say “No” to destructive choices and “Yes” to endless possibilities, developed the Leadership Academy to enhance the student representative experience. The Leadership Academy will provide leadership skills training that applies to many areas of life, familiarize students with board and commission meeting protocols and provide peer connections and the ability to share experiences among student representatives. The Leadership Academy includes a kick-off event on Saturday, Oct. 31, as well as two check-in meetings later in the 2020-2021 school year.

Students are invited to apply for the following City of Naperville boards and commissions: Advisory Commission on Disabilities, Building Review Board, Downtown Advisory Commission, Financial Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Housing Advisory Commission, Naperville Public Library Board of Trustees, Naper Settlement Museum Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, Public Utilities Advisory Board, Riverwalk Commission, Sister Cities Commission, Special Events Cultural Amenities (SECA) Commission and Transportation Advisory Board.

Interested students should apply online by clicking the “Apply” button on the appropriate board or commission web page. A complete list and description of boards and commissions, as well as their meeting dates and times, is available at Please note that not all sections of the application will apply to students. In lieu of a resume, students may submit a statement of interest that also indicates their year in school. The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

Preference is given to high school seniors; however, all high school students may apply. Those students who served on a board or commission in previous years will need to reapply. Students should anticipate actively participating on the board or commission and the Leadership Academy; therefore, consideration should be given to the time commitment required. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all board and commission meetings are currently being held remotely using Zoom webinar technology.

Students in need of more information should contact Miranda Barfuss, Assistant to the City Council, at (630) 548-2983 or

About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at